Drumbeats and Your Brain

We’ve posted research on singing and the impact on the brain so when we saw this it was of immediate interest.  We were doubly impressed when we saw it was a letter to the editor written by an 8th grader!  The only changes made were some paragraph breaks because Sabinav has a compelling voice.

How does drumming affect the neuroscience of the brain?

by Sabinav Senthilkuma

“I am an eighth grader at CMS. For an assignment, I designed and conducted a STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, Math) Project to investigate the answer to this question. I was looking for results on a percussionist’s IQ compared to an average. In fact, I found many results, news and analytics site PolyMic compiled a group of studies that indicate drummers are not only generally smarter than their bandmates, they actually make everyone around them smarter too.”

“The research suggests that drummers have innate problem-solving skills and a positive impact on communities. Researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet found that, after playing a series of beats, drummers who had better rhythm scored better on a 60-question intelligence test. Seems using all the various parts of a drum kit to keep one steady beat is actually an expression of intrinsic problem-solving abilities.”

“A University of Texas Medical Branch researcher using the same method on elementary and middle school boys with ADD noted an effect comparable to Ritalin. In fact, the boys’ IQ scores actually went up and stayed up.”

“It gets even crazier, and more primordial, with reports suggesting drumming played a role in our own civilization.”

“Researchers at the University of Oxford discovered that drummers produce a natural “high” when playing together, heightening both their happiness and their pain thresholds. The researchers extrapolated that this rhythmic euphoria may have been pivotal in mankind establishing communities and society. Essentially, drum circles were the very foundation that made human society possible. All this info was acquired from consequencesofsound.net.”

“My results should be of interest to you because we have not only found that music can make more connections, but that drumming and percussion can ultimately make more. We have only scratched the surface enough to look within.”

2 comments on “Drumbeats and Your Brain

  1. An eighth grader? A brilliant eighth grader with an impressive command of language and research skills. Someone will be drumming their way to a full college scholarship – well earned at that.

    The info is truly fascinating.


  2. The only drummer I know of is Ringo Starr of the Beatles. I love all the Beatles songs. They had composed some great songs.


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